I’m not quite sure why this has happened, but more and more it seems that people have this weird idea that the world stops just because [fill in the blank] has happened to them. To be honest (and I’m sure this will annoy some of you closest to me), it really makes me pause and question just where our heads are. Sad to say, I think they are on (ahem, in) the wrong end.
So to help us all get those proverbial heads out of our real-life asses, I’ve decided to make a list of things that the world does not stop for. The point is not only to advocate for a healthier, less egocentric viewpoint (typical of the misanthropic vein of this blog); but more importantly to harken back to the idea of happy and healthy balance that we discussed yesterday. There is hope for everyone, and there is no room for “well everyone has different priorities…” So with that in mind:
The world does not stop … because you are having a baby. Remember that first blog on this new site about the tendency people have now to act like they are the first people on the planet to have a baby? Well, you aren’t … and the world does not stop for that very reason.
The world does not stop … because you have a big project going on at work. This one hits really close to home for me. While I know that in a trying economy, employees want to bend over backwards to please their employers or open new career paths, there still must be a balance to make sure you do not hurt your entire life in the process. If you cannot have that balance, you either need to find a new job or consider whether it is the best time in your life to take on that extra level of responsibility. Just because you are working 24/7 does not mean that bills can go unpaid, kids can go uncared for, prior commitments can be canceled, and relationships outside of work can just set to autopilot. That just isn’t the case.
The world does not stop … because you are planning a big event. It could be a wedding; it could be a baby shower. In any event, as important as that big event seems to you, a lot of people around you don’t care. Remember with friends, family, and coworkers to talk about things they are interested in; and give them a chance to talk about their big things too.
The world does not stop … because your girlfriend/boyfriend dumped you. Get over it: there are plenty of fish in the sea, right? Just because your girlfriend/boyfriend couldn’t take your snoring/feet/body hair anymore, doesn’t mean life around you ceases to continue. Marriage is a much different story, but as for kiddie-type relationships that probably never went further than first base, try and move on.
The world does not stop … because your favorite TV show/sporting event is on. God is there nothing more annoying than someone who will blow off an important phone call because of Dancing With the Stars; or someone that spends an entire dinner watching the baseball game showing on the big screen behind them. Invest in a DVR if it’s that important to you.
The world does not stop … because you walked in the room. More accurately, I should probably say “… because you got on the freeway.” These people that act like they own the road (when the rules of it generally mandate that we should all be sharing …) really have gotten bad. It starts with those people that do not realize they are supposed to yield to traffic when they are entering the freeway; and is capped off with those that change lanes without even looking.
The world does not stop … because you are on the rag. Yep, I did just say that. What a terribly sexist thing for me to say; but I’m a woman and I can say with absolute certainty that the worst thing ever is a woman that thinks the world is supposed to bow to her because she has cramps and a foul attitude. It goes for men too (because they do, in fact, go through monthly hormonal fluctuations just like women); so perhaps I could soften it to “… because you are in a bad mood.” However it’s phrased, take note.
The list could go on, but you, faithful blog followers, get the point. Head-in-ass-syndrome could very well be substituted for “egocentric” or “narcissistic personality disorder.” There is a healthier, balanced way to live life than you are. Wise up and realize that the world does not stop for anything.